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i feel a draft coming on

i found this last week, but didn't know if i could trust the source since i'd never heard of it.

well, today i found some corroborating evidence in rolling stone (yes i get my news from rolling fucking stone), so i'm pretty sure it's legit.

i think i'm opposed to a draft in general. i mean, if you can't convince your voters that the war is worth fighting for, then maybe it isn't worth fighting for.

however, i'm glad they will be drafting women into service too. i've never thought it was fair that registering with the selective service system was only required of men.

and i know all about the arguments that we don't want the next generation of mothers going off to war and dying, but, jeez, maybe we do! this country needs some sort of birth control...

i can see a lot of chicks getting knocked up in order to avoid the draft. that's weak.

and there also eliminating college as an escape route for draftees. i suppose that does make it more equitable among economic classes, but i'm not sure it's the right move. i don't think we should be killing off our math teachers and mechanical engineers in the interest of making life more fair.

of course, i'm an upper middle class math major, so i'm sure i'm biased.

i guess i just kind of think about that essay about eating all the babies in ireland to alleviate the famine.

we are overpopulated. the poor and ignorant continue to procreate despite their inability to support families.

sure, it's not fair that they should die so i can learn to teach math. but it's really not fair that i should die so they can continue to have unprotected sex and unwanted pregnancies.

well, anyway...

if any of you 18- to 26-year-olds needed any more motivation to vote this year, this should be it.

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django_django
May. 26th, 2004 07:36 am (UTC)
And it's 1,2,3, what are we fightin' for? don't ask me i don't give a damn, next stop's Afganistan.
This is why I have voted in every election since I turned eighteen. What a fucking mess this country is. I AM willing to fight for what I believe in and what I believe to be right, however statistically, groups like E.L.F. (earth liberation front), sects of PETA, and other eco-friendly organizations have committed more 'terrorist attacks' against U.S. citizens, businesses, and government organizations than any of those folks in the Middle-East. It's fucking obvious we're after oil and whatever empirical power we can wrangle. How fucking ridiculous is all of this shit?
For the love of anything you fools hold sacred ...
VOTE and help clean this shit up.
quarantine
May. 26th, 2004 08:01 am (UTC)
I've heard this is being pushed by Democrats to get rich kids to go off to war, mainly to get Republicans to stop pushing the war so hard.
therussian
May. 26th, 2004 08:35 am (UTC)
You're right.
This is being pushed by the democrats. And aren't both the senate and house controlled by the reps right now? I don't know what will happen in the fall, but I don't think it would pass right now.
shakewell
May. 26th, 2004 09:04 am (UTC)
Re: You're right.
yeah, nobody would push for this in an election year.

i'd really like to know just who is pushing for this so i can hate them personally.
rebot10
May. 26th, 2004 09:57 am (UTC)
Re: You're right.
here's an interesting article on the draft.

http://www.wiretapmag.org/story.html?StoryID=15252
rebot10
May. 26th, 2004 09:58 am (UTC)
Re: You're right.
rebot10
May. 26th, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
it is deffinitely motivation for EVERYONE to vote, even if you already planned on not voting this election.

"Dodging the draft will be more difficult than those from the Vietnam era.

College and Canada will not be options."


canada won't be an option as a permanent shelter, but if anyone seriously opposes this, i recommend you get a passport NOW. we can go to mexico, or sneak into canada, then with the passport you can fly to other countries with no "pre-clearance" agreements.

i will just come to argentina, and i'll have a home for anyone who needs it.
i could even sponsor people for residence, or student visas.

i'll be digging tunnels under the border to get people out if thats what it takes.
noforgiveness
May. 26th, 2004 10:37 am (UTC)
you fucking rule tim.
san_yo
May. 26th, 2004 10:45 am (UTC)
i personally don't see how a draft could ever be done again, but if it does tim's house in argentina is where i'm goin! haha
surjay
May. 26th, 2004 11:09 am (UTC)
It would seem this is more to stir up trouble then to increase military size. There are a lot of reasons the draft hasn't been in use for several years.

The military is already large enough, even for all the nonsense the government has involved us in. There is still well over a million reservists who can still be called back for active duty before they'd need to start pulling randoms from the commmon public. There are also all the retired personal who can also be called back if need be.

Unless something drastic takes place, there's no use for a draft for draft purposes.

When all this recent drama started going down, recruitment offices all across the country were totally swamped with patriotic fools wanting to march off right then on the spot. They've turned away thousands and thousands of people from volunteering. There will never be a legit need for a draft, anymore. Whenever something goes down internationally, so many people turn out that they have enough to pull from to never warrant needing a draft.

Another problem is the draft only requires 2 years of service. Um, well after you go through basic and all that jazz (as they cannot just send a boot off to war or overseas) you'll have what, a year of service left? That's not going to accomplish anything.

One of the biggest reasons a draft will not get support is the military actually doesn't want it. Marines, soldiers, etc. do not want to fight side-by-side with people who flat out do not want to be there. Most officers will only want to work with people who volunteered to go. This is a big topic and has been for years...well before this latest draft talk came up. The majority of the military doesn't want anything to do with a draft. They know it will not solve anything and that it is infinitely times better to use all the volunteers who want to do this (and there are always enough) then to pull a bunch of random kids who hate the government and war and attempt to make them fight. It just doesn't work.

I highly doubt anything like this will pass anytime soon, unless something MAJOR goes down.
thesidewalk
May. 26th, 2004 12:50 pm (UTC)
my mama and i wrote a letter to our state representative about 6 weeks ago, opposing the national service act. i think that is the best we can do for now. let me know if you'd like his name and address.
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